Massage therapists employ Swedish, therapeutic, deep-tissue, trigger-point, and reflexology techniques to relax bodies and curb new and chronic pains. They dispense specialized massages for expectant mothers and individuals in hospice care. Sessions can be bolstered with the use of warmed stones, hot potatoes, and aromatherapy. In addition to massages, practitioners offer reiki sessions that rebalance the body’s chakras, and skin-softening paraffin-wax treatments.
Licensed massage therapist Marci sees massages as more than just an hour of indulgence for the privileged. For her, massages should serve as a legitimate tool for managing chronic pain. She aims to break apart internal scaring and stimulate the removal of toxins through each of her four types of massages: Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger-point therapy, and pregnancy massage.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5–15 minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
At Leh Massage Therapy, nationally licensed massage therapist Reginald Harrelson employs a distinctive fusion of Swedish and shiatsu techniques to relax tensed bodies amid lavender walls and potted palms. Harrelson uses smooth, gliding strokes to ease muscle tension and promote relaxation, easing overworked muscles and melting tension into a conveniently positioned bucket. For everyday aches and ongoing care, his therapeutic strokes can assist clients facing issues such as anxiety, depression, and relaxation deprivation.
Carolyn Schmitz at Destination Massage & Spa practices massage therapy to complement the staff’s aesthetic services. She can soothe sore flexors and impart a sense of calm during sessions that take as long as a leisurely crabwalk from one end of Rhode Island to the other—60 or 90 minutes. If her clients want services to complement a relaxing massage, Carolyn can direct them to hairstylists, nail technicians, and makeup artists.
At Blaze Color Salon, skilled stylists revamp hairdos with a litany of services and Blaze's own line of vegan products. Guests can arrive prepared with a magazine clip of their desired look, pick one on the spot from the shop's style book, or opt to model their cut after the neighborhood bearded dragon. Either way, a professional scissors wielder snips away excess or troublesome strands, giving fickle manes an aesthetic purpose. During the blow-dry and finishing session, the stylist employs curling-iron or flatiron techniques before keeping scalp noodles in place with a serving of humidity-resistant, sunscreen-infused product.